Pampered Chef Fundraiser

Liz Chapman is the chairman of this and anyone who wishes to order can contact her at church or at 392-9511.  Orders can also be on line at www.pamperedchef.biz/chefkluger. Click on “shop online at the bottom of the page. Then put in Christ our Emmanuel as the organization.  (Must be typed as shown).  Customers who place orders on line can have them shipped directly (for an additional charge) to their address or sent to the organization at $4.75 and then add 8% tax.  We also get $5 for each booking.  Thank you to all who order.

Hendrick Hudson Male Chorus

Pastor sings with this wonderful group.
[The photo on their website was taken in our church.]

44th Annual Spring Concerts
May 11– 7:30 pm First United Methodist Church
1 Gilligan Road East Greenbush
Guests: First UM Church Sanctuary Choir
Averill Park HS Chamber Singers
Greenbush Reformed Church Choir

May 18– 7:30 pm St.Paul’s United Methodist Church
1583 Carney Road, Castleton on Hudson
Guest: Maple Hill HS Swing Choir
Adults $8., Seniors & Students $5.
For information call 237-0032

Attendance Count

The attendance count includes anyone at the church service: Pastor Bob; our organist, Cate; and attendees (both adult and children).  The count is then recorded in the “brown” book located in the locked communion cabinet in the kitchen.  The attendance count is important, as it is included in a report to the synod.

The responsibility for taking a count could be part of the Altar Guild tasks each week. It does make sense considering the person will be at church preparing for communion.  In discussing this with Jeanette , I understand, this task was discussed in the past; however, no decision was reached.  Jeanette is agreeable to the additional task.

I would like to hear from other Altar Guild members regarding this.  If the majority agrees or if I haven’t heard from a Guild member, the task could be implemented on April 22nd.  I can be reached by email:  momloftus@wildblue.net or home phone # 392-4681.

Posted for Barbara L.

Flannery O’Connor – on faith

I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. A faith that just accepts is a child’s faith and all right for children, but eventually you have to grow religiously as every other way, though some never do. What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness. Don’t expect faith to clear things up for you. It is trust, not certainty.

Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being, ed. Sally Fitzgerald (New York: Vintage, 1980), 353-54.

Posted for Pastor Bob

Spring Adult Christian Education (ACE)

DATE: Saturday, May 5

LOCATION: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Valatie

TOPIC: Safe Sanctuaries

PRESENTERS: Amanda Thomas, Executive Director, and Dr. Susan Luck of the REACH Center at Columbia/Greene Community College in Hudson, NY

DESCRIPTION: Laity and clergy participants will receive information on domestic abuse and sexual violence; and the role the church can play in promoting a safe sanctuary for all people.

RECOMMENDED READING: Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know (Second Edition) by Al Miles, published by Fortress Press.  10 copies have been ordered for free distribution to Conference Deacons.  Contact Pastor Amber for a copy.

Seeking & serving with hope, love and faith in Chatham, New York